Sethuraman Estates at La Marzocco espresso event


R. Miguel Meza of Isla Custom Coffees will feature Sethuraman Estates coffees at a presentation and tasting event of Hawaiian and Indian coffees on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 1-4:00 PM PDT at the La Marzocco facility in Seattle. Learn all about Miguel and read event details from this post to or the tasting event’s Facebook page.


Sethuraman Estates Awarded 2nd and 3rd Q Robusta Certificates

Q Robusta Logo (R Coffee)

Q Robusta Certification Mark

We are delighted to announce that Sethuraman Estates has once again obtained Q Robusta certification for its RKR and RKR Peaberry lots this year.

BANGALORE (July 23, 2013) – Two new Robusta coffees from Sethuraman Estates have become the second and third coffees obtaining Q Robusta™ certification by the Coffee Quality Institute. Sethuraman Estates’ 2013 Robusta Kaapi Royale (RKR) and RKR Peaberry join the farm’s 2012 RKR crop to remain the only Robusta coffee farm meeting the program’s rigorous standards for fine quality thus far.

“We are stunned and extremely honored to have been recognized as producing the only certified Fine Robusta coffees in the world for a second year,” stated sixth generation coffee farmer and owner of Sethuraman Estates, Mr. Nishant Gurjer. “Furthermore, within India, domestic green grading standards stipulate that peaberry coffees are inferior to others, which we have long believed is not the case from our independent tastings. It is very exciting to see our own results validated by an independent panel of international experts.”

In a process similar to industry standard Q grading for Arabica varieties, Q Robusta™ Coffees are evaluated by three Licensed Q Robusta™ graders under the Coffee Quality Institute’s Q System by one of its authorized In-Country Partners. Coffees successfully meeting program standards to be considered Fine Robusta receive a Q Robusta™ certificate. Those that do not meet the minimum requirements receive a technical report but are not listed in on the institute’s website.

Arabica and Robusta coffees certified by CQI are listed in the Q Coffee database at along with a copy of each certificate and compiled scores from the evaluation.

Indian robusta bowls over Boston roasters

Hindu Business Line

A quick look back at the Emerging Market: India feature discussion held at this year’s Specialty Coffee Association of America exposition in Boston in The Hindu BusinessLine.


Indian robusta coffees have been received well at the Specialty Coffee Association of America meet held recently at Boston, US.

“With Boston being in close proximity to major coffee roasters in the US, the event was attended by a sizeable crowd,” Jawaid Akhtar, Chairman, Coffee Board told Business Line.

“Robustas are generally known to be harsh, but when American roasters tested our coffees, they were amazed to discover the mildness and aroma of Indian coffees,” he said.

The Coffee Board had taken up space at the specialty coffee association and visitors tasted liquid coffee, instead of coffee samples from different regions.

At the event, a session on “Emerging Markets in Specialty Coffee: India” was also held to educate the US roasters. The one-hour session mainly focused on why specialty coffee needs Indian robustas. The session was attended by about 70 roasters from the North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Sunalini Menon, CEO, Coffeelab Ltd, talked about the distinct characteristics of Indian coffee and coffee growers’ representative Nishant Gurjer, Partner, Kaapi Royale Coffee, and Chairman of Karnataka Planters’ Association (KPA), spoke about the farm practices of cultivating coffee in India. The moderator of the event was Andrew Hetzel, consultant, CafeMakers.

The Indian delegation had, besides the Coffee Board Chairman and the KPA Chairman, quality control expert Sunalini Menon, M.P. Devaiah of Allana Sons, Bharat Mandanna of BBTC, Jacob Mammen of Bhadra Group, Kurien who was representing Small Coffee Growers Association, Kerala, and US coffee trader Joseph John.

For the last three to four years, the Coffee Board has been focussing on the US market. “Roasters in US are increasingly using robustas in their blends, it is here we are focusing our attention to penetrate the most important market in the world,” said Gurjer.

Creating awareness of the Indian coffee in the US has led to gaining some ground in the market. Indian coffee exports to US are currently averaging at around 6,000 tonnes and is the 14th important market. Exports have doubled in the last five years. In 2008-09 exports stood at 2,556 tonnes.

Crop to Cup Coffee Importers to Bring First R Certified Coffee to America

Crop to Cup Coffee

Breaking news: Crop to Cup Coffee Importers will be bringing our R Certified(tm) RKR and other coffee to the U.S.A. beginning next month. If you are in Portland for the SCAA Exposition, please come by and meet us at booth #6100 and taste all of our coffees in the Cupping Exchange Rm B117 on Saturday morning from 10:00 until 11:30.

CHICAGO (April 19, 2012) – Crop to Cup Coffee Importers has signed an agreement with Kaapi Royale Coffee of Karnataka, India to import the world’s first Robusta coffee certified by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) into the United States. An initial shipment including the R Certified(TM) Sethuraman Estate Robusta Kaapi Royale (RKR) will be available at Crop to Cup’s warehouse facilities in metropolitan New York and Chicago beginning in late May.

“As a company whose mission is to import, broker and roast high quality sustainable relationship coffees, we’ve really found ourselves in close alignment with Kaapi Royale Coffee and the Sethuraman Estate,” stated Crop to Cup company co-founder Taylor Mork. “Fine Robusta coffees are not yet widely available or well known, but thanks in part to organizations like CQI, interest has been steadily growing in recent years. We look forward to introducing America’s better coffee roasters and consumers to a new generation of fine Robusta coffees never before thought possible.”

“Most Robusta coffees produced around the world fall far short of acceptable quality,” admits Kaapi Royale Coffee Managing Partner and proud sixth-generation Robusta farmer Nishant Gurjer. “We are excited to lead the charge for change and show coffee buyers from around the world what is possible from good Robusta coffee when workers, land and plants are given the care and proper attention -the opportunity for success- that they deserve. Crop to Cup Coffee is a perfect partner to represent our coffee and our message.”

The R Certified(TM) Sethuraman Estate RKR and others will be available to sample at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Exposition, Kaapi Royale Coffee booth #6100 and at the cupping exchange room B117 on Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

For additional information or to discuss availability of these and other coffees, visit the Crop to Cup Coffee website at

Dry spell may mean trouble for India Robusta harvest

hindu business line

Nishant Gurjer was quoted in today’s Hindu Business Line about the current dry weather conditions in India and its possible impact on the 2012/13 Robusta coffee harvest.

“Robusta coffee is highly susceptible to water stress. The current dry spell will affect robusta production, though how much is difficult to say,” said Mr Nishant Gurjer, Managing Partner, Sethuraman Estates and Kaapi Royale Coffee.

Read the full article in the Hindu Business Line

Sethuraman Estate RKR is Certified as the First Fine Robusta

CQI - Coffee Quality Institute

We are extremely excited and honored to announce that our Robusta Kaapi Royale from Sethuraman Estate has been certified as the very first Fine Robusta or ‘R’ Coffee by the Coffee Quality Institute.

The official announcement is as follows:

LONG BEACH, CA (March 6, 2012) – Sethuraman Estate’s Robusta Kaapi Royale (RKR) has become the first Robusta coffee certified by the Coffee Quality Institute’s R Coffee System. In a blind evaluation performed last month, the coffee achieved a score of 82.76 to receive the first R Certificate issued in the organization’s recently launched Fine Robusta initiative.

“CQI’s mission is to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it, including those who grow Robusta,” commented CQI Executive Director Ted Lingle. “Robusta farmers have not enjoyed the higher coffee prices of the past several years, as low (or no) standards for Robusta coffees have rendered them an inferior substitute for their Arabica cousins,” he continued. “The R Coffee System was established to set an industry standard and independently identify high quality Robustas so that these coffees may receive the acknowledgment and market differentiation they deserve.”

In a process similar to the industry standard Q Coffee System, R Coffees are evaluated by three Licensed R Graders under the Coffee Quality Institute’s R Grading System at CQI or one of its authorized In-Country Partners. Coffees successfully meeting the standards to be considered Fine Robusta as defined by the Fine Robusta standards receive an R Certificate. Those that do not meet the minimum requirements receive a technical report.

“We are truly honored to receive the first quality certificate for a Robusta coffee from CQI,” said Sethuraman Estate Managing Partner Nishant Gurjer. “This is not only an important achievement for the people of Sethuraman Estate, it is a historic moment for all Robusta coffee growers. We hope that this program will go far to change Robusta’s reputation in the specialty coffee industry and to inspire all Robusta farmers to improve quality.”

Arabica and Robusta coffees certified by CQI are listed in the Q Coffee database at along with a copy of each certificate and compiled scores from the evaluation.

You can see the R Certificate and scoresheet on the CQI website, here. We will keep you apprised of future certifications and the progress of the program, which we expect will do great things to help quality of Robusta coffee everywhere.

India’s robust step towards quality coffee

The January 2012 issue of Global Coffee Review features the article “India’s robust step towards quality coffee,” written by Nishant Gurjer. The article discusses changes in robusta farming over the years and the new and emerging specialty robusta market being spearheaded by a new generation of small farms.

The article is online now and available to GCR subscribers.